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CSPAN
Feb 9, 2013 7:00am EST
in the military? caller: i was in the navy for 30 years. administrative work, legal work, management. i retired after 30 years in 1989 as a master chief and the navy. host: your thoughts about the sequestration and its affects on dispense spending -- defense spending. see call -- caller: we always had the problem of the congress and special interest groups giving the pentagon thinks they do not want or need, whether it they happen to be built in their districts. there is always plenty of room. as i understand it, the idea of the sequestration and originated with the president and his budget director, mr. lew. that is how they came up with this concept. republicans should simply let the thing become a fact. it is the only opportunity we have to make the present make any cuts at all. he seems to be so opposed to spending cuts and is only interested in finding tax and revenue. in my personal opinion, what we need to do is step back and take a look at our military and our commitments. we have bases in europe that have no reason to be there, certainly not in the numbers we are
CSPAN
Feb 7, 2013 7:00am EST
, why did you try? host: al, florida, retired the lottery. caller: i am a retired navy contingent -- commander. i have worked for five years as a peer counselor with beds with posttraumatic stress. i am one of the persons who got the veterans health administration to issue a decree that canada's can be used by veterans for the treatment of ptsd -- for better and problems. what is your opinion on the use of cannabis? guest: thank you for your service. you mentioned posttraumatic stress without the disorder. there is a lot of discussion whether ptsd should be renamed posttraumatic stress or pressure madigan injury. there is a lot of validity behind taking a look at the name. many people do not want to be diagnosed as having a disorder on injury -- an industry -- an injury is considered to be more honorable. in washington, d.c., we see people who develop psychosis as a result of using marijuana or the synthetic marijuana. i do not think we know and not yet about the use of marijuana for ptsd. i think we should export it. there should be research done on it. we may be able to use some
CSPAN
Feb 8, 2013 7:00am EST
physical reasons i am not able but i had a cousin killed in iraq, he spent 25 years as a navy seal and was assassinated in baghdad. host: sorry about your loss. how does it play out in terms about what the american public should know? should people with clearance be told more, people who served in the military no more? caller: i think the least the american bible know, the better off they are. basically they live in glass houses anyway. -- the least the american people know, the better off they are. you sit and listen to all of this it does make you crazy. when you know for a fact -- because you know people personally -- they are being hunted by terrorists from other countries, and they are here on our soil. it is -- don't kid yourself thinking it is happening over there, it is not. host: a caller mentioned iran and a drone that went down in iran allegedly. here is a story from cnn this week. iran says it decoded and released footage from a year of a strong that was down more than a year ago. we have been talking about defense issues. defense secretary leon panetta's farewell ceremony
CSPAN
Feb 5, 2013 7:00am EST
did you practice? guest: i came out of training in july, 1968, went to the united states navy, and belt with peak -- dealt with people coming back from "apocalypse now," essentially. the involvement that john kerry had, i saw the people on those boats. host: did that inspire you to run for congress, serving in your 13th term? guest: absolutely, i came back in july of 1970 and was elected. i think war was generally destructive. that is why i opposed the iraq war. i have seen the movie before. i know what is coming back from iraq and afghanistan and i did not want it to happen. we are inundated with suicide and all kinds of problems in our society. that had an impact on me, john kerry, chuck hagel -- a lot of us went through all of us to understand what war is all about. host: a little background as we talk to jim mcdermott. wayne, a question or comment for the congressman. caller: healthcare, medicare stuff like that, -- medicare should stay with the younger -- elder folks that earned it. healthcare, right now, it should be with the company's. right now i am with a -- i am a truck d
CSPAN
Feb 6, 2013 7:00am EST
deadline. and the navy trims a goal for the size of its fleet, which has sparked concern on capitol hill. those are some other headlines for you this morning. also, we told you yesterday about the justice department deciding to sue the s&p ratings company over the financial crisis and how they rated the mortgage bonds. "usa today" money section says -- we will go to randy in missouri, democratic caller. back to our topic, randy, about drone strikes on u.s. citizens overseas. go ahead. caller: good morning, greta. this policy out there is not something that has been a secret. it has always been out there. even people in the senate knew about this policy. second, this is about people who are taking up arms who are u.s. citizens, deciding to plot with the enemy to destroy america. if people are sorry for them, that's on them. but this is what this is about. this is about people who take up arms. it's no different than when boats are on the ground and all of a sudden you have a few americans decided they will cross the line to take up arms with the enemy, what should they do? should the amer
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